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Did you ever hear a piece of music and have it rock your world?

Asked by marinelife (62450points) May 29th, 2010

Today, I first heard Bettye LaVette’s Kennedy Center Honors performance of the Who’s Love Reign O’er Me, and it completely blew me away.

Have you ever heard a piece of music that totally changed you by the hearing of it?

Please tell me what it was and provide a link if possible.

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DeanV's avatar

I have to say, the live (10 minute) version of Dire Straits Sultans of Swing was like that for me. I can’t say it changed my life, but it certainly blew me away the first time I saw it. I think I watched the whole thing through about 3 times in a row when I first found it, sent it to others, posted it, whatever. It was pretty mindblowing.

marinelife's avatar

@dverhey Thanks, I had never heard that version before.

Bluefreedom's avatar

I wouldn’t say it rocked my world but after I heard Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World for the first time, I was convinced it is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing and appreciating.

perspicacious's avatar

Explain rock my world?

marinelife's avatar

Just changed the way you think about life and or music. I was astonished that I had never even heard of Bettye Lavette, who is wonderful!

whatthefluther's avatar

@marinelife….That was a wonderful rendition that gave me goosebumps along with Townsend and Daltrey.
@dverhey….You rock, kid (as always).....that is an awesome clip by a marvelous, tight as hell band, led by one of the greatest guitarists/songwriters of all time..
@Bluefreedom…..Classic ear candy!

Thanks for sharing. Clips are great, as is recorded music. But to get the most out of music, you have to experience it live. The drum beat and bass have to nearly overwhelm your senses and pound through your entire body….the guitar solo must stand your hair on end. Your body, mind, heart and soul become an extension of the musicians, their voice and instruments and every other body in the venue until you become as one experiencing a “happening”, not merely an event. I’ve been to many such happenings that have left me spell-bound, with and without recreational drugs. Bands seem to save their best for performances here in Los Angeles, home to many of their peers or record labels. Rarely was I ever left disappointed.

There were happenings where no one wanted it to end and the venues forced closure….Springsteen in the early 70’s, Ryan Adams not that many years ago. And there were happenings where band members seemingly fed of each other reaching new heights in performance: Daltrey and Townsend, Plant and Page, Blackmore and Gillian, Ozzie and Iommi, Mercury and May, Anderson and Barre to name but a few. Then there are some more modern bands that you just know performing music is everything to everyone in the band and it becomes everything at once to you as well: Dave Mathews with Tim Reynolds or his band and Wilco immediately come to mind.

There are many more and I’m afraid I can’t name just one or single out a particular song, although frankly, I would not trade Daltrey, Townsend, Entwhistle and Moon performing Love, Reign O’er Me back in the day for a hundred Bettye LaVette performances (it is my favorite Who song and an all-time favorite of mine).

Treat yourself to a happening…..experience a concert.

See ya….Gary/wtf

Cruiser's avatar

I have so many awesome killer tunes that move me but this song by Jeff Healy slays me every time. Being blind and playing the guitar flat on his lap and somehow he squeezes out some of the tastiest insane guitar licks I have every heard especially the passage at 2:35— 2:40 and the last section of the song is just plain fun stuff. I could and have listened to it over and over and over. Meant to be played with your stereo cranked to 11…

marinelife's avatar

@whatthefluther I agree with you about live performances. They resonate inside our bodies in a way that recorded music can’t.

@Cruiser Thanks. That’s a great cut!

forestGeek's avatar

Rush 2112. I had heard other really hard rock prior to hearing it, but this album was what really got me into hard rock, which led to Acid Rock, which led to Metal, which led to Punk, and the rest is history. I couldn’t stop listening to it, and wore out that cassette. I think I owned 3 cassettes of it over the years. It still give moves me every time I hear it.

Pink Floyd The Wall was another that really had a lasting affect on me.

More recently, Le Loup’s The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millenium General Assembly and Townes Van Zandt’s Rear View Mirror CDs have moved me in an amazing way in which I don’t fully understand, but it certainly will last a lifetime.

marinelife's avatar

@forestGeek I’m listenting to Rush 2112 right now.

forestGeek's avatar

@marinelife – Awesome! I just listened to it last week so I’ve got my recent fix as well.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Yes..twice. Back in the early 90’s, I bought a cassette of a singer I adored, and one of the songs touched my heart.

Years later, I worked with a single, middle-aged, shy lady named Lorraine. On her birthday, I asked her to join me in one of the conference rooms, and gave her the CD to the same songs. We played the one song, and she just looked up at me and said, “This is my wedding song.”

marinelife's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Listening to that put a smile on my face. Thanks.

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